Chico River

Lubuagan, Kalinga

The Chico River, Rio Chico de Cagayan, is a river system in Kalinga, a landlocked province of the Philippines' Cordillera Administrative Region.

It is referred to as a "river of life" for the Kalinga people who live on its banks, and is well known among development workers because of the Chico River Dam Project, an electric power generation project which local residents resisted for ...

three decades before it was finally shelved in the 1980s - a landmark case study concerning ancestral domain issues in the Philippines.

The Chico has a length of 174.67 kilometers and is a tributary of the Cagayan River. Its highest headwaters begin at Tinoc, Ifugao; Buguias, Benguet; and Mountain Province, and its tributaries are the Bunog River to the south, The Tanudan and Biga Rivers to the east, The Mabaca and Saltan Rivers to the North, and the Pasil River further downstream.

Chico River and Watershed News

  • Cordillera Day Macliing Dulag Cordillera Heroes Memorial Unveiled In Kalinga

    At a curve in the mountain road in the village of Bugnay, hundreds braved the summer heat and hours-long bumpy ride to come together on April 23. They came from different provinces in the Cordillera, from other regions of the Philippines and even from other countries to take part in a ceremony of unveiling a special marker in honor of the heroism of Macliing Dulag and all who resisted the Chico Dam projects.

    National minority elders and leaders of progressive organizations recognized that this struggle has come to mean more than just opposing the building of mega dams. To the people of the ...

  • Unveiling Of Markers For Chico River Heroes Set

    The Unveiling of the markers dedicated to Chico River heroes will highlight the Cordillera Day celebrations on April 28.

    Led by the Cordillera People's Alliance (CPA), steel plates will be installed bearing the faces of Macli-ing Dulag, Pedro Dungoc Jr. and Lumbaya Gayudan in Tinglayan, Kalinga.

    "With this marker, we remember not only the Chico heroes but what they fought for, land, life and honor; and what they fought against, militarization, government imposition of a destructive project such as the foiled attempt at the Chico dam," Abie anongos of the CPA said.

    The plates were desi ...

  • DENR Backs Creation Of Chico River Basin Development Authority

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is positive that the creation of the Chico River Basin Development Authority will significantly contribute in the management and development of the Chico River.

    DENR-Cordillera Regional Director Engineer Ralph Pablo expressed support on the proposed House Bill 381 or the act seeking for the creation of the Chico River Basin Development Authority during a Technical Working Group meeting with the Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization at the House of Representatives on April 5.

  • Chico River Plan Nearly Complete

    The Lower Kalinga District Engineering Office has announced a feasibility study of the 18-kilometer portion of the Chico River, which is being eyed as a potential business and tourism haven, is nearing completion for the crafting of a prescribed master development plan.

    Engr. Ireneo S. Gallato, Lower Kalinga district engineer, said technical personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways central office will be visiting the city again to validate the data and studies their office provided them previously, prior to finalizing the desired master plan for a portion of the river syst ...

  • Tanglag Women The Heart Of Rural Development

    In a village along the Chico river bank in Kalinga, villagers have a story they tell with high pride that highlights the crucial role of their women in the concrete development of their former subsistence economy.

    In the height of the struggle against the giant Chico dams project funded by the World Bank (WB), the Tanglag Women's Collective (TWC) with all the members of their tribe resolutely fought against the WB project until it was cancelled. In the midst of government neglect and absence of social services, the collective (TWC) dared to trust and rely on their strengths – self relianc ...

  • Study For Chico River Development Plan Underway

    Experts from the Department of Public works and Highways (DPWH) central office are now in this city to start the required feasibility study for the preparation of a 5-year master development plan for an 18-kilometer stretch of the Chico River.

    Engr. Ireneo S. Gallato, Kalinga District Engineer, said the team is required to complete their study by March in preparation for discussions with Kalinga Rep. Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang for the inclusion of the needed implementation budget of the master development plan.

    "We are elated that the much awaited development of the Chico River will be imp ...